What You Need to Know about Supporting Academic Progress of Struggling Readers – Interview with Dr. Richard Allington
1. TDC: I have What Really Matters for Struggling Readers (2012 edition) in my hands right now, and I’d like to focus our short interview around parts of this book, which I found insightful.
First, can you give the readers of the Teachers’ Diversity Coach a few words about your teaching background/research expertise and what specifically... [Read more of this review]
5 Ways to Teach Diversity in the Classroom
In my experience, young children are generally colorblind when it comes to other children of different skin colors and cultural backgrounds, but the older they get, the more they tend to gravitate to other children who look and think like them. This is one of many reasons it’s important to teach diversity in the classroom to help children of all ages... [Read more of this review]
Collaboration between ESL and General Education Teachers is Key for Student Support
With today’s fast paced student packed classrooms the importance of collaboration between ESL (English as a second language)and general education teachers is the answer to find support.
There is an understanding that accelerating the curriculum stirs up more disarray in the classroom and does not offer support to struggling ELLs (English Language... [Read more of this review]
Interview with Julia Thompson: New Teacher Tips on Catering to Diverse Classes, Teenagers and ESL Students
For those of you who haven’t heard about Julia Thompson, she is one of the greatest teachers and teacher-trainers I have ever met. I first “met” Julia over at TheApple, where she is a regular blogger and I blog there as well. Last summer, she asked me to write a blurb for her new book, Discipline Survival Guide for the Secondary... [Read more of this review]
3 Tips to Help You Become a Good Teacher: Create Relatable Lesson Plans
What’s the difference between a good teacher and and a good educator?
A good teacher doesn’t just teach a good lesson, but also aims to educate his/her students. Learning how to become a good teacher isn’t only about practicing how to write interesting motivating lessons, but also about finding unique ways how to motivate the students... [Read more of this review]
Why ESL Students Aren’t Performing Well on High-Stake Tests and 3 Instructional Strategies for Helping Them
ESL learners aren’t reaching the level of proficiency they need in order to succeed on the high-stake tests, which is causing teachers frustration, feelings of inadequacy and general ineffectiveness. Sounds familiar?
I’m sure you want to support these students in the best way you possibly can, but it is counterproductive to speed up... [Read more of this review]
Hard Decisions About Teaching with Emotion: How to Choose the Best Teaching Methods that Prevent Discipline Problems
Classrooms thrive when teachers know who their students are. The most difficult “conversations” for a new teacher to have are the ones that require they extend something of themselves – not just knowledge, but their humanity – to a student. Yet, these conversations are one of the greatest way to prevent discipline problems.
The... [Read more of this review]
3 Top Reasons New Teachers Need a Coach
You are in a new school, new people, new expectations and you may be feeling you are all alone with no one who knows how you feel. You have taken the training, teacher certification, received your degree, but you don’t know how to effectively communicate to your students.
In these cases, a coach for new teachers can give you support, guidance... [Read more of this review]
Teaching Tip of the Day: Building Background Knowledge = Deeper Reading Comprehension for English Language Learners
If you’re having a problem getting your English language learners to understand more of what they read, you’ll probably need to spend more time building background knowledge.
English language learners do not have the same background knowledge that their native English speaking peers do, so it is essential that you create opportunities for... [Read more of this review]
Interview with Drs. Maria Dove and Andrea Honigsfeld: Authors of Collaboration and Co-Teaching: Strategies for English Language Learners
Recently, I had the pleasure of interviewing Drs. Andrea Honigsfeld and Maria Dove, who were gracious enough to provide readers of the Teachers’ Diversity Coach, insights and information on teacher collaboration and on their new book, Collaboration and Co-teaching: Strategies for English Learners. In the past few years, collaboration between... [Read more of this review]
Interview with Professor Diane Barone – How to Integrate English Language Learners
Read on for more information for tips and information presented by Diane Barone, who is a foundation professor of literacy at the University of Nevada, Reno on integrating English Language Learners in your general education class. Professor Diane Barone is also a member of the board of the International Reading Association. In 2008, Dr. Barone was named... [Read more of this review]
3 Lesson Planning Tips on How to Integrate Challenging Students in Your Diverse Classroom
Each of our students carries an “emotion backpack” on their backs as they enter your lessons. When we have them look forward to our lessons, they will carry that backpack with intrigue, laughs, feeling/recollection of success and achievement having understood a difficult concept for the first time.
Lesson Planning Tip #1: Getting Started
Be honest... [Read more of this review]
Motivating ESL Students: Focus on the Basics
Finding ways to motivate students can be difficult as a new teacher. However, inspiring a desire to learn can be exponentially more difficult with a classroom of students just beginning to learn English. Many aspects of communication taken for granted with native English-speaking students are completely wiped away when working with ESL students, and... [Read more of this review]
Why Non-Fiction is Important to Reading and Learning
Children learn by taking in pieces of information and categorizing them. They do this all through their schooling years. When they reach puberty they take this information, make sense out of it, and think critically with it.
As a child grows, he or she adds to that warehouse of information. Unfortunately, many high school and college students do not... [Read more of this review]
Six Ways to Choose the Best Teaching Approach That’s Right For You!
There are many ways which you already know on how to engage students in the learning process. But the key is to choose the one that best suits your personality and style. You won’t be able to please ALL parents, teachers and administrations so it’s important to work with a teaching approach (or approaches) that is/are right for YOU!
1.... [Read more of this review]
You Need a Weekly Lesson Plan
Business people and marketing teams all have weekly plans. Why shouldn’t you start the first few weeks of school off right with a weekly lesson plan? Most new teachers starting out with a new class can honestly look back on their first year and say that the hardest part of teaching is working the ropes of classroom management. Many feel that... [Read more of this review]
15 Ways For Teachers to Get Organized For the Beginning of the School Year
All teachers need a user-friendly system to help stay on top of the endless marking, checking and workpages. Plan as thoroughly as you can and if you don’t already have one, develop a system of organization. It’s truly amazing how much paperwork and marking goes into the first year. It’s easy for a new teacher to feel overwhelmed... [Read more of this review]
How to Become a Good Teacher
I always say that experience is the best teacher. Unfortunately, experience in the classroom works in odd ways for each individual teacher.
The success of my personal journey was all about a series of ups and downs.
Often at times, I was faced with impatient parents, troubling and sometimes difficult students and a system that went only so far as to... [Read more of this review]
10 Ways to Become an Empowering Teacher
It’s tough enough for new teachers to juggle between classroom management and lesson planning. Discipline problems can often wear you down leaving you stressed and doubting your successes. Here are ten ways to help you become that empowering teacher you’ve always aspired to be:
1. Start your day doing something completely different. One... [Read more of this review]
An Inteview with Diane Barone
Professor Diane M. Barone is one of my favorite researchers when it comes to understanding how to cater effectively to English language learners. (ELLs) She has so much to offer new teachers on the subject and I spend a lot of time reading her books, which has helped with some of my research questions and writing.
She has been gracious enough to... [Read more of this review]
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